If you have a teething babe, chances are you are wondering what is safe to give your child that can help relieve teething pain. In the past year there have been strong warnings issued by the FDA, some product recalls, and other newsworthy events surrounding certain teething tablets and teething gels. Let’s look at the teething situation.
Why are teething tablets bad?
Recently the FDA has taken a strong position against homeopathic teething gels and tablets because of the suspect ingredient Belladonna, which another word for it is Deadly Nightshade. It can cause adverse reactions in small infants and the FDA strongly urges parents to avoid the use of any product containing this ingredient (Source 1).
Why is Belladona Bad?
Belladonna, a poisonous plant, is widely regarded as unsafe because it has chemicals that can block different functions of the body’s nervous system (source 2), which when used on an infant can be even more harmful and cause some serious and scary side effects.
What teething gel is safe?
Check the ingredients. When you look at ingredients, check to see if they are drug-free and look to see what ingredients they have in the gel and why. You can always ask your child’s pediatrician if something is safe as well.
Many teething gels contain numbing agents like clove oil, viscous-lidocaine or benzocaine. While these ingredients can help to numb the pain, they all come with strong warnings from the American Association of Pediatrics and the FDA.
Numbing in the mouth is a concern because it can cause choking or gagging in infants. Numbing ingredients and drugs "can make swallowing difficult and can increase the risk of choking or breathing in food. It can lead to drug toxicity and affect the heart and nervous system," says Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ISMP president.
Why is Benzoicaine Bad?
While numbing is a major concern, the FDA has also issued warnings for gels and teething products containing benzocaine and states that “The use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. And children under 2 years old appear to be at particular risk.” (Source 3)
What is the best teething gel?
The best option is the safest option. We formulated our Cool Gums Teething Gel to be first and foremost safer and more effective than any other product on the market. We have parents and pediatricians flocking to use and recommend Cool Gums because they see the ingredients and know it is safe and effective for their tiny patients and babies. Our Cool Gums teething gel has no numbing agents, drugs, nor harmful chemicals. It uses clinically tested, natural and safe ingredients to help cool the gums and distract from teething pain. Teething is hard, but it is natural for every child to go through and Cool Gums can help them naturally cope with and distract them from the pain safely.